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August 26, 2013

4-H benefit auction — Friday, Sept. 13; third annual 4-H benefit auction takes place at Hurley Auctions in Greencastle, Pa. Doors open, food stand opens, and the silent auction begin at 4 p.m., with the live auction starting at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds  benefit the Penn State Extension of Franklin County 4-H program and are used for the purchase of educational materials, entry fees to events, transportation, awards, volunteer support and other 4-H expenses. Some of the items to be auctioned off include gift cards from various businesses throughout Franklin County, a handcrafted wooden oak chest, a free night stay at Monte Vista Bed and Breakfast, LG LED computer monitor, Radio Flyer steel wagon, homemade quilts, tractor-printed stepping stones and other items.

The Franklin County 4-H program helps teach young people responsibility, develop good citizenship, improve self-esteem, and provide experience and useful skills that will last a lifetime. Building on more than 100 years of tradition, the 4-H motto is “to make the best better.” Through hands-on opportunities, youth “learn by doing” as they explore robotics, animals, sewing, conservation, leadership, nutrition, community service and other things.

In 2012, the Penn State Extension-Franklin County 4-H program reached more than 7,000 youths ages 5 to 18. These youth-development programs were conducted by 205 adult and 21 teen volunteers.

For more information, contact Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226, ext. 232, or send an email to jjg300@psu.edu.

Wood Processing From Our Forests — Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon. The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is sponsoring a wood-processing workshop at an 110-acre woodlot near Bloserville, Pa. The utilization of standing timber and sawing techniques using a portable sawmill and wood-processing equipment will be demonstrated. You do not have to be a member of the Cumberland Woodland Owners Association to attend and there is no cost for the workshop. 

The workshop will be at a woodlot owned by Robert Drawbaugh at 150 Church of God Road, Newville, Pa.  To get to the woodlot from the intersection of Pa. 233 and 641 in Newville, take 641 east 3.7 miles and turn left onto Bloserville Road. Proceed 3.3 miles to a stop sign in Bloserville. Go straight onto Enola Road (Pa. 944 east).  Proceed one mile and continue straight onto Church of God Road. Proceed for 0.6 mile to a left turn at the first place on the left after the white church, the Drawbaugh property. 

Sometimes woodlot owners want to or need to harvest some timber from their woods. This is the time when you can improve your woods for the future or cause real damage from which it might not recover for generations. Portable sawmills can be economically beneficial to private landowners who have small volumes of timber that need to be salvaged or harvested. The end product from a portable sawmill is quality lumber that can be either sold at a profit or used to meet a landowner's personal needs. The program will demonstrate timber-management practices that are sustainable, produce income and help meet the goals of a woodlot owner’s forest stewardship plan.

More information on small woodlot harvesting can be found at www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/pdfs/WWI.pdf.
 
The Cumberland Woodland Owners Association is an organization of private forestland owners and others interested in forestry issues in southcentral Pennsylvania. The mission of the association is to provide information, education and an exchange of ideas to members and others about the methods and benefits of proper forest management.

For more information about the association or the meeting, call Fred Peabody at 717-776-3565 or send an email to fredp5@earthlink.net.

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